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“Overview of Floral Park History”

Sunday, February 2

“The Life and Times of John Lewis Childs”

Sunday, February 2

Village of Floral Park Public Board Meeting

Tuesday, February 4


Thursday, January 30

The original comedy By Any Other Name by Claudia Wilson will be presented Thursday, Jan. 30 through Saturday, Feb. 1, and Friday, Feb. 7 at the United Methodist Church, 35 Verbena Ave. in Floral Park. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Proceeds will benefit the creation of a community storm center. For reservations and information send an email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-900-2031.


Saturday, February 1

On St. Brigid’s Day, Feb. 1, Molloy College’s Irish Studies Institute will host free, hands-on workshops in traditional Gaelic culture for adults and children, followed by performances. If you would like to offer a workshop in any of the Gaelic traditional arts, Gaelic sports, Gaelic crafts, or Gaelic scholarship, contact Jerry Kelly by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at 516-804-2968 to reserve your workshop’s classroom.  


Sunday, February 2

The Floral Park Historical Society will present an “Overview of Floral Park History” on Sunday, Feb. 2, at Floral Park Centennial Hall at 2 p.m. The program will include archival VHS videotapes that have been converted to discs.

“The Life and Times of John Lewis Childs” was produced several years ago and many people have never seen it. The program is free and open to the public. The Floral Park Museum will also be open to the public following the program. For information about the Floral Park Historical Society visit www.fphistorical.org or call 516-775-6849.


Tuesday, February 4

Village of Floral Park public board meeting in the courtroom at village hall, begins at 8 p.m.


Thursday, February 6

Floral Park West End Civic Association will meet on Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. at the Atlantic Avenue fire house.


Saturday, February 8

The Floral Park Woman’s Club will hold a Valentine Victorian Tea on Saturday, Feb. 8, at St. Elisabeth’s Church on Harvard Street, with seatings at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. The cost is $20. For reservations and directions call Pat at 516-775-8496. Proceeds will be added to the club’s scholarship fund.


Monday, February 10

The Floral Park Schools Board of Education meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m.


Tuesday, February 11

The Floral Park School District PTA will host Founder’s Day on Feb. 11 at John Lewis Childs School at 7:30 p.m.


Ongoing Programs

FISH Of Floral Park

Provides free transportation to and from medical appointments for senior citizens who are residents of the Floral Park/Bellerose area and cannot afford cab fare or who have no other means of transportation. Should you or a loved one need transportation to a medical appointment, contact FISH at 516-835-9522 or telephone coordinator Fran Hornberger at 516-775-0740.

Floral Park United Methodist Thrift Shop

The United Methodist Church Thrift Shop, at 35 Verbena Ave., features jewelry, clothing, housewares, bric-a-brac, dishes, linens, collectibles, some furniture, small appliances and antiques. Open every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Donations gratefully accepted. Call 516-354-4969.

At The Bellerose Jewish Center

Located at 254-04 Union Tpke., Floral Park. Call 718-343-9001: Free Jewish education for kindergarten and Sunday School children. A thorough religious curriculum with experienced teachers for third grade to their Bar/Bat Mitzvah is also provided. The Renaissance Group. A nonsectarian group of men and women who have lost a dear one. Dialogue and an exchange of ideas can be helpful. Call for date of the next meeting.

The Art Club

Has year round classes all taught by a professional. Classes for the littlest artist to the more serious, adult classes too. Call for more information at 516-742-7662 or go onto the web at thegardenartstudio.com.

Safe Boating Courses

Safe Boating Courses, free vessel safety checks and more from America’s Boating Club, the United States Power Squadrons. Visit WeBoatSafe.org or call 800-341-8777 for information.

Medicare Help For Seniors

Are you a senior who would like help paying for Medicare benefits and prescription drugs? Free assistance is only a phone call away if you qualify because of limited income. There may be a way to alleviate some of the cost of Medicare — deductibles and coinsurance, Part B premiums, prescription drug plans (Part D). Reducing monthly premiums, annual deductibles and co-payments, aiding with coverage gaps. To learn more call an LIS/HHS (Low Income Subsidy from U.S. Dept. of HHS) counselor from Family & Children’s, a community of caring. 516-485-3425, ext. 222.

Senior Programs

The following programs regularly serve all residents of Nassau County. Call the NC Dept. of Senior Citizen Affairs 516-571-4330:

• Employment Referrals for Seniors. The NC Dept. of Senior Citizen Affairs is a resource to employers seeking qualified workers and to mature job seekers, 55+, who want assistance with employment and résumé preparation. Services are free of charge.

• The Foster Grandparents Program is recruiting senior volunteers to share their time and love with children in Nassau County. Volunteers receive a non-reportable stipend, transportation reimbursement, paid holidays, sick days and vacation days.

• If you are 55+, make your spare time count. Join the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a national organization, and share your talents and skills at one of the many diversified placements.

News

At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, residents and community members joined with the Floral Park American Legion to honor veterans at the annual Veteran’s Day ceremonies at Memorial Park, following a march down Tulip Avenue to the park with the members of the veterans of the Legion post, American Legion Auxiliary members, Sons of the American Legion, Boy and Cub Scouts from Troops 482 and 678 and local officials.

During the ceremony, a plaque was dedicated in memory of General Kazimierz Pulaski and others of Polish heritage who have served in the U.S. military. The plaque dedication was led by members of the Polish American Congress, Long Island Division, President Grzegorz Worma and Honorary President Richard Brzozowski. An invocation was delivered by Father Peter Rozek of St. Hedwig Church, followed by a POW-MIA ceremony by Post 334 Vice Commander Matthew Cacciatore.

While parking around Long Island Rail Road train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Calendar

Floral Park Memorial PTSA Fall Fest Fundraiser

Friday, November 21

Buy A Meal, Wag A Tail

Saturday, November 22

Hanging of the Greens and Potluck Luncheon

Sunday, November 23



Columns

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